PLANS to relocate a Cotswold railway station to Broadway have been shelved after the move was deemed too costly.

Ian Crowder, spokesman for Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (GWR), said the cost of rebuilding and refurbishing Bourton-on-the-Water’s 75-year-old station building was far greater than had been expected.

He added the building was also too small to cater for the needs of the Broadway station which would eventually become a main stop on the GWR’s heritage line line.

But Mr Crowder told the Journal that the multi-million pound project to restore steam to the Cotswolds was still on the rails and a search was underway to find a larger, more modern brick building in keeping with the surrounding properties.

“The building which originally stood at Broadway was built of brick and identical to the one at Toddington,” he said.

“When we have completed the rebuild, somebody coming back from the time the station opened could look at Broadway, recognise it and be familiar with it.”

Details of the reopening of Broadway’s 100-year-old railway line were announced in November last year, more than 40 years after it was closed to passengers and goods transportation.

The plans will include the re-laying of track from Laverton to Broadway, the refurbishment of several bridges, installation of a signal box from Devon, a water supply for steam engines, point work and signalling work, as well as the rebuilding of the station.

Inside, the new station will include a cafe, traditional ticket office and waiting room. A service to Broadway is expected to start running in 2015.